Monday, July 20, 2015

need some new fly masks and fly boots for our rescued horses

Could someone please buy us some new fly masks and fly boots. These things are getting really old!
Donations to DoubleHP, 25337 470 Ave, Crooks SD  57020
We are 501c3 as Horse Help Providers, Inc.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Help the Horses of DoubleHP celebrate their Sioux Falls Chamber Ribbon Cutting!

You are invited! Please just let us know if you are coming, so we can add some more fruit and veggies to the goodie trays! email us at

thanks for the story Southside Living & Crown Pointe Neighbors Magazines

here's the story that ran in these beautiful magazines this month. They included some beautiful photos of some of our rescued horses too. Thanks thanks thanks!!!

The Horses of DoubleHP:
They can show you how to develop or improve your skills in business communications, teamwork, and leadership.
They can help you figure things out about yourself, relationships, and life.

And of course, they can teach you about all things horsey, including how to ride.
They are the Horses of DoubleHP; and they are available for business/group workshops, counseling and psychotherapy sessions, and natural horsemanship programs.

The Horses of DoubleHP are special horses; they were rescued by Volunteers of Horse Help Providers, Inc. (DoubleHP), a 501c3 nonprofit organization with headquarters near Crooks, SD (25337 470th Avenue), just 20 minutes from Sioux Falls. DoubleHP Volunteers have helped to rescue, rehab and rehome hundreds of horses during the last 14 years; and 14 of these horses have been promised a forever home at DoubleHP’s sanctuary and learning center near Crooks. These are the Horses of DoubleHP. Most of them were rescued from severe starvation when they were very young, some only a few months old, in cases where law enforcement was involved. Many of these horses saw friends and family members freeze and starve to death before help arrived. But these horses, the Horses of DoubleHP, are survivors. They have an amazing ability to forgive; and they can teach us a lot about life, if we let them.
Equine-assisted learning workshops for businesses and organizations are designed according to group size, schedule, and goals. For equine-assisted counseling and psychotherapy sessions, the Horses of DoubleHP and their Manager, Darci Hortness, team up with Carissa Palmberg, MS, LPC, LAC, of Carissa Palmberg Counseling. Both Hortness (Equine Specialist) and Palmberg (Mental Health Professional) are certified through EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association). In these sessions, participants interact with the horses in on-the-ground activities; there is no riding.

But of course there IS riding going on at DoubleHP -- in their horsemanship program, which is strongly influenced by Parelli Natural Horsemanship and includes a mixture of riding and non-riding activities. “Everything we do before we get on the horse relates to what we do when we ride,” explains Hortness. “If you can develop good rhythm and harmony with horses in non-riding activities, you will have a better chance of success in the saddle,” says Hortness. But people don’t have to ride if they don’t want to; they can still enjoy a horse relationship and fun physical exercise in non-riding horse activities. DoubleHP’s horsemanship participants fall into three main categories:  individuals or families who are thinking about becoming new horse owners, current horse owners who are having some issues or just want to learn more, and former horse owners who are currently without a horse for whatever reason.
Hortness is often asked about the cost of horse ownership. “It’s expensive; you need to plan on thousands of dollars each year to properly care for a horse,” she says. “At DoubleHP, you can kind of share that expense, you can help to sponsor a rescued horse, learn how to care for horses, learn how to be safe, happy and successful with horses, and just try it out before you actually go out and buy a horse, protecting yourself from a lot of unnecessary stress and mistakes,” says Hortness. 

DoubleHP was awarded sanctuary status from Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) in 2012, and is South Dakota’s first and only GFAS sanctuary. DoubleHP is also a proud new member of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, and a ribbon cutting is scheduled at DoubleHP for Tuesday June 30 at 4:30 p.m. The Horses of DoubleHP extend an invitation to everyone to attend. They will be offering free horsemanship sessions and business workshops that day, by advance appointment. “No previous horse experience is required. The Horses will show you everything you need to know. About Life.” If you would like to get on the schedule for June 30 or to start any DoubleHP program, please call Darci at 359-0961. For more information about DoubleHP’s programs, visit their website or

Thursday, June 4, 2015

DoubleHP Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting June 30, Free Sessions that day for horsemanship and equine assisted learning

You're all invited to join us here on Tuesday June 30 for our Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Celebration!
The Horses are offering free horsemanship sessions that day. They are also offering equine-assisted learning sessions for small groups & businesses. Topics include communication, leadership, team building, etc. No previous horse experience necessary. These sessions will be scheduled on a first-call basis, so please call right away if you are interested in participating. Call Darci, 359-0961.
Ribbon cutting at 4:30. But the other sessions can be scheduled throughout the rest of the day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Two members of our professional EAGALA team at DoubleHP.
Carissa Palmberg Counseling,
and one of our rescued horses, Princess.

DoubleHP Lily was rescued from starvation as a 3-year-old.
She is a rock-star in DoubleHP's horsemanship program (riding or non-riding)
and also in EAGALA sessions.
Darci Hortness is DoubleHP's manager, horsemanship leader, and equine specialist on DoubleHP's EAGALA team. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

thank you to our business sponsors who signed up in April 2015 to help us with our ASPCA Help a Horse Day Celebration

Thanks to these business sponsors. Links below. Also thanks Greg, Angela, and Antonsens for lining these up!!! Thanks to all of our volunteers on the day of our Barn Dance April 26. Thanks to Carissa Palmberg Counseling for the EAGALA presentation. Thanks to Pam for managing our rummage sale again, and thanks to Doug, LaVette and Jada for hosting our sale in Sioux Falls. Thanks ASPCA for the opportunity to be a part of this national event and for the opportunity to apply for a grant associated with this event. We'll know in a month or so if we are a grant recipient.

The winner of our Great Grand Prize, the 2 night stay at any Ramkota Hotel, is Barb Hubbling of Renner!  
Thanks to business sponsors:
Ramkota Hotels and related restaurants Frankie's Sports Bar and Grill, Minervas, All Day Café, Phillips Avenue Diner, Grille 26
Ramada Hotel on Russell St. in Sioux Falls, Castaways Bar and Grill, and the Tiki Bar
Eric Atkisson of Atkisson Art in Sioux Falls
ProBuild in Sioux Falls
Big Ern's Bar and Grill, Crooks SD
Pizza Inn on E 10th in Sioux Falls
Last Stop CD Shop in Sioux Falls
Exteriors Unlimited, Sioux Falls

Ramkota Hotels and Frankie's Sports Bar & Grill at the Sioux Falls Ramkota

Best Western PLUS Ramkota Hotel Sioux Falls, South Dakota


thanks to other Ramkota-related restaurants, WR Restaurants, All Day Cafe, Minervas, Phillips Avenue Diner, Grille 26

 Ramada Hotel on Russell St. in Sioux Falls, Castaways Bar & Grill, and the Tiki Bar

Poolside Tiki Bar

thanks Eric Atkisson of Atkisson Art 

ProBuild in Sioux Falls


Friday, April 24, 2015

Art by Eric Atkisson and Thomas R Voorhis, donated for our event tomorrow

this is the one that Angela's friend Eric did for us. He brought it to us today. It is beautiful. This artist is Eric Atkisson. he has a website at and has a studio in Sioux Falls at Exposure Gallery & Studios. His email is and he's having an art show May 1, 5-10 p.m. at Monks, downtown Sioux Falls, during the Art and Wine Walk. This will be a silent aucition item tomorrow too. Eric used a photo he found on our fb page for this. It's called "Serenity and Spirit."

so, we're setting up for the rummage sale today and a neighbor comes over and donates some awesome stuff! including these 2 pieces of art. I looked up the artist, Thomas R Voorhis, he died in January of this year out in the Black Hills. these look to be originals but I am not an expert. there is a website in his memory, he has a lot of quotes about humility. "humility" was one of his favorite words and things. Here are the words that are on the one drawing: "O Great Spirit, ...Whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me. I come before you, one of your many children. I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom. let me walk in beauty and my eyes behold the red and purple sunset. make my hands respect the things you have made, my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise so that I may know the things you have taught my people, the lesson you have hidden in every leaf and rock. I seek strength not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy -- myself. Make me ever ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes. So when life fades as a fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame." Do you think the artist wrote that too? anyone recognize it? sure is beautiful. On the drawing with the 4 faces the names Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, Chief Joseph, and Many Horns and the date 79. Anyway, we're going to have these at silent auction tomorrow at our Rummage sale event. bidding ends at 3 p.m. Call if you have any questions or knowledge of these items. thanks. Darci. 605 359-0961
This is where you can find these beautiful art pieces for sale tomorrow. Silent auction. bidding ends at 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Silent auction items for our event on Saturday

a little more info on our rummage sale/silent auction this Saturday. Please see previous posts for details.
we have 3 silent auction items at our rummage sale on Saturday.  We have a gift certificate for a room at Ramada Hotels & Suites plus a $25 gift cert. to Castaways or Tiki Bar at Ramada. that package starts at $60. Then we have a collection of gift certificates for 8 different Sioux Falls area restaurants, valued at $170 and starting at $90. bidding stops at 3 p.m. and winners must pick up and pay that day by 6:30 p.m. We haven'...t seen our other item yet but we hear it's a beautiful piece of art featuring one of our rescued horses. Can't wait to see it!!!!!!!!!!! And don't forget about our grand prize. 2 night stay at any Ramkota Hotel. That one is a drawing at our Barn Dance on Sunday. Everyone who signs the official event roster Saturday and Sunday has a chance to win this one, and you do NOT have to be present to win that one. Drawing a little before 3 p.m. on Sunday, here at our horse shelter. then we have other items for the barn dance too, some raffle maybe, others door prizes.
Thanks to our Business Sponsors. We will get links and stuff to them after this weekend.